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Banner Home Care Dottie Kissinger Bereavement Camp in Rim Country

In the cool pines of Arizona’s Rim Country, twice a year, about 25 to 30 children and adults gather at a lodge nestled inside a sprawling lush green outdoor space.

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Horns trample Window Rock

Chapman runs for 185 yards, 3 TDs

Wyatt Chapman ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Payson opened the football season by running over host Fort Defiance Window Rock 57-6 on Friday night.

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Community Almanac, Aug. 25

Applications are now being accepted from female singers wishing to perform in the 2015 Payson Elks Lodge SUPERSTARS! event.

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Banner Payson Seniors Weekly Calendar of Events

Here's a schedule of Banner Payson Seniors schedule of events for the upcoming week.

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Rodeo, parade draws a happy crowd

The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo celebrated its 131st birthday last weekend with a three-day party at the Payson Event Center.

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How to win a pie eating contest

In its first year of existence, the Payson Farmers Market Pie Eating Contest sponsored by Enzo Crivelli Wood Designs, exhibited some successful techniques and some not so successful techniques.

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Game & Fish officials warn – don’t feed the wildlife

Although it is against the law (13-2927) in Arizona to feed wildlife, residents living in the urban interface continue to feed deer, elk and other animals mistakenly believing it is a humane act.

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Is it a granite shop or rock museum?

Drive up to Debbie and Nollan Blackwell’s Payson Granite and Design store on Aero Drive and swirling multi-colored slabs of granite sit perched up on their ends in the parking lot.

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Teacher wins top award

The Association for Career Technical Education has named Payson High School business teacher Joe Parone the 2015 Arizona Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year.

Kids know the great teachers

Payson has some great teachers.

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Taking flight

Bald eagle population records record growth

Arizona’s unique population of desert-nesting bald eagles continues to delight and surprise researchers — steadily expanding their range and producing more and more gangly fledglings.

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Longhorns roll in football opener

Wyatt Chapman ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Payson High opened the football season with a 57-6 pounding of host Fort Defiance Window Rock on Friday night.

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Medical helicopter provider remains

Although there is a new yellow helicopter parked outside Banner Payson Medical Center, Native Air wants residents to know they are still flying in Rim Country.

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Reigning rodeo queens welcome would-be successors

One of the splashier aspects of the 131st World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson this week is the pageant crowning of the next Miss Rodeo Arizona and Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona.

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Payson’s rodeo parade celebrates Rim Country patriotism

Fifty festive floats will roll down Main Street

Look for lots of red, white, blue, stars, stripes and all manner of patriotic bunting and more as this year’s August Doin’s Rodeo Parade celebrates American Pride.

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Some signs can put a smile on your face

Your Turn

Over the course of a long, happy life I have seen a lot of signs. Some were hanging on restaurant walls, some were stuck on the back bumper of a car, some printed on tiny tags sewn to household items and some were even splashed across a huge highway billboard.

Ben Carson believes in America

I attended Ben Carson’s event in Phoenix on Aug. 18. With all the Republican candidates for president in 2016, I believe it is important to Rim Country residents to become informed voters.

Have pride in our teenagers

It was an honor to serve the Bike and Build group that came through Payson last week.

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Wait times drop

Banner builds up staff, slashes long ER waiting room delays

Emergency room waiting times have been cut in half in the past two weeks, according to Mike Herring, chief nursing officer for Banner Payson Medical Center.

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Defense holds key to Horns’ fortunes

Payson may end up with an explosive offense this year, but the defense remains the big unknown.